NJII_1821A Dependency syntax

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. PhDr. Jaromír Zeman, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jaromír Zeman, CSc.
Department of German, Scandinavian and Netherland Studies - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of German, Scandinavian and Netherland Studies - Faculty of Arts
Tue 15:00–15:50 J21
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
NJII_1821A/01: Mon 14:00–14:50 G12, J. Zeman
NJII_1821A/02: Mon 15:00–15:50 G12, J. Zeman
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
The dependecy grammar describes the relations in the sentence as a set of elements most of which are dependent on the verb. The verb takes thus the central position in the structural hierarchy of the sentence and provides - according to its meaning - the positions for other dependent elements (valency). The students should be able to recognize and describe the sentence structure using these methods.
Learning outcomes
Upon Completition of the course, the student will be able to: analyze the syntactic structure of the German sentence; to distinguish sentence elements and their functional relations; explain the role of valency in the syntax and the description of syntactic structures; to summarize important concepts in modern syntactic research; to utilise the knowledge of syntactic relations to an adequate comprehension of complex sentence constructions.
  • Lectures on dependency grammar: Main new syntactic theories and their influence on the description of the German language structure (L. Tesnière, J. Fourquet, G. Helbig, W. Flämig, U. Engel, H.-W. Eroms, Duden-Grammatik); valency as a method of sentence description; pragmatical aspects; sentence analysis.
    required literature
  • Duden 4 - Die Grammatik. Mannheim 2009.
    recommended literature
  • H. Glinz: Deutsche Syntax. Stuttgart 1967.
  • Eroms, Hans-Werner: Syntax der dt. Sprache, Berlin 2000.
  • Altmann Hans: Prüfungswissen Syntax: Arbeitstechniken - Klausurfragen - Lösungen. Göttingen 2010.
  • Grundlagen der Syntax. Jana Maroszová u. m. v. Marie Vachková. UK - Karolínum Praha 2009, ISBN 978-80-246-1659-9
  • Duden: Die Grammatik, Bd. 4, Mannheim 2005.
  • ENGEL, Ulrich. Syntax der deutschen Gegenwartssprache. 3., völlig neu bearb. Aufl. Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 1994. 316 s. ISBN 3-503-03094-8. info
  • HELBIG, Gerhard. Geschichte der neueren Sprachwissenschaft : unter dem besonderen Aspekt der Grammatik-Theorie. Leipzig: VEB Bibliographisches Institut, 1973. info
Teaching methods
lecture; presentation; in-class discussions; and individual work of students
Assessment methods
colloquium - a short oral exam (about 20 min.) concerning the matter dealt with in lectures and seminars. Text analysis concerning syntactic features.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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